Premier Junior Cotillion Program to begin August 26

The First Beaufort Junior Cotillion program begins on Sunday, August 26. There are a few openings for the first class. The high impact program is designed to improve students’ social skills. Fourth through ninth grade students are presented a character education, etiquette and social dance training. Classes include monthly dances and events from August through January, which are held at the Grand Hall, The Old Arsenal, 701 Craven Street. The strength of the program is its hands-on approach to teaching. The students have an opportunity through repetition to recollect social skills that will be a valuable asset throughout their life, says Director, Mary Kennerty. With practice students become “esteemed” and self-confident with their social behavior. The social skills components, which range from first impressions to formal table manners are organized in the course notebooks and monthly homework is assigned and checked. The children learn the South Carolina state dance, the Charleston Shag, along with ballroom dancing and a line dance. To register for the upcoming Season, please call Director, Mary... ...

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Falling for The Cliff

By Celia Strong And off we go to Napa. Let’s face it–any time any of us get to go to Napa is a good time. It’s beautiful, it’s fun (even if you’re working), it’s full of good restaurants and, of course, some great wines. Somehow, $50 in Napa for a bottle of wine doesn’t seem like as much as $50 here for a bottle. Must be something in the air out there. Or maybe they pump something into the airplane air vents so that when you land you’re ready. Whatever it is, we’re all ready for our next trip. Napa is a small city located at the southern end of Napa County. The word “napa” is from a Native American language that has been translated as “grizzly bear” (possibly why a bear is the California state animal), but it’s also translated as “house” and “motherland.” In prehistoric times, the valley was inhabited by Patwin and maybe Wappo Native American tribes. These tribes lived mostly on the floodplains and for food... ...

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Prawn Stars!

By Terry Sweeney You know there are some fabulous yet inexpensive California white wines that pair beautifully with the biggest stars in the shrimp world: prawns. Or so I thought. But I was wrong. Not about the wine of course, but Professor Google informs me that a prawn is actually a completely different species in the lobster family found quite far from these parts. Down here, what many people are calling prawns are actually jumbo shrimp pretending they’re prawns! Well I guess the same thing happens in x-rated movies. That pizza guy who’s delivering a lot more than pizza isn’t really an employee of a legitimate pizza chain, and it’s certainly doubtful that the busty, naughty nurse in the white stilettos ever graduated from a reputable nursing school with her degree. It’s all pretend. I even double checked with a local shrimper who confirmed our juicy southern jumbo shrimp are just good actors. He told me there are even bigger shrimp on the way however. Apparently, huge tiger shrimp have... ...

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Beaufort County courthouse under way

Crews are busy working on the new face of the Beaufort County courthouse. This project, approved back in April by Beaufort County Council, is under way and those coming to the courthouse will notice some changes. The biggest change will be walking into the main entrance. Anyone needing to come to the Beaufort County courthouse will park in the main parking lot and walk up the sidewalk between the courthouse and administration building. Once they reach the top of the sidewalk they will detour onto a driveway and walk around the construction. There are signs showing the way. Ground broke last week on the $13,430,500 project. Construction will involve the removal of the existing exterior and replacing it with a new one. The existing roof will also be replaced along with the outside doors and windows. The entrance and back balcony will also look different when the project is complete. Both are being enclosed providing additional office space. This multi-million dollar project is to fix water damage as a result... ...

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County Council approves $1.8 million to preserve land

In a unanimous vote Beaufort County Council approved funds to buy the first phase of a two parcel piece of land on the headwater of the Okatie River in Bluffton. The land located on Highway 278 and the Okatie River, including the land east and west of the Hampton Parkway ,will now be left undeveloped. Before the purchase, this land was zoned for residential and commercial use through the Buckwalter Planned Unit Development Agreement. Development along the River is a concern for preservation groups after the SC Department of Health deemed it an impaired waterway back in 1995. Since then no shell fishing has been allowed due to pollutants found in the water. Experts say the pollutants can be attributed to rapid development of land and quick growth in the area. The land owners were interested in conserving the land, and after long negotiations with the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program, they agreed to sell the properties at a bargain price. The $1.8M for Phase I is... ...

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E. Perry Burris, MD, to be leader of women’s breast health needs at Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Providing the most comprehensive, quality breast services locally is the goal of Dr. Perry Burrus, a board certified surgeon with a special interest in breast care who was recently named the hospital’s Breast Program Leader. As the hospital’s Breast Program Leader Dr. Burrus is assembling a team of specialists from a variety of specialties – oncology, radiology and social services, to name a few – to evaluate and create services that address the fullest scope of a woman’s breast health needs. “We’ve developed an expectation among ourselves and the women we serve to provide an outstanding level of breast care, right here in our community,” says Dr. Burrus, who is a part of Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists. The team is working with Duke University to develop the program, and is following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines to ensure that each woman receives the most current and widely accepted screening and treatment recommendations. “By bringing together the best minds across all of the services that a woman encounters in her... ...

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Lt. Dan Weekend 3

Organizers hope the schedule of events planned for the third annual Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort will attract thousands of participants and generate lots of support for wounded veterans. LDW3 activities begin with a silent auction and banquet on Wednesday, September 13 at the Holiday Inn on Boundary Street, Beaufort. It will feature internationally known professional fishermen O’Neill Williams of NBC Sports and Flip Pallot of The Outdoor Channel and other networks. The two will also lead fishing clinics Thursday, September 13 at Palm Key Nature Resort in Ridgeland. A golf tournament is scheduled Friday, September 14 at Sanctuary Golf course on Cat Island and a family-friendly ‘Vetpalooza’ concert is planned that evening at Waterfront Park in Beaufort. The concert is $10 and free for those with military ID cards. It will feature performances by rock musicians who are also disabled veterans including Lt Col Mike Corrado, USMC, double amputee Dale Beatty and Outlaw 21. Country star Rockie Lynn, whose single ‘Lipstick” made the top 30, will headline. A cycling... ...

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Cataract surgery reduces hip fracture risk

By Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO Patients who had cataract removal surgery were found to have a 16% decrease in the risk of hip fracture compared with patients who did not undergo the procedure, according to an observational study of more than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries. The association was even more profound in patients with severe cataracts, demonstrating a 23% reduction in 1-year hip fracture odds. The study tracked hip fracture incidence in a cohort of Medicare patients from 2002 to 2009. The medical records of 410,809 patients who had cataracts removed surgically were analyzed for hip fractures that occurred within 1 year of the surgery. These data were then compared with hip fracture incidence in a matched group of patients who had cataracts but did not have cataract surgery. The results were published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers recommend future prospective studies using standardized registries of patients with cataracts to help further elucidate the association between cataract surgery and fracture risk.... ...

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The lesson between the lines

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford Preparations begin as parents, students, teachers and the orchestra of school participants fine-tune their instruments. Expectations abound as empty classrooms turn into technological time zones, artistic murals and eras of notable past. There is something magical about the first day of school, a clean slate, an empty notebook; and the anticipation of friendships, adventures and new opportunities surround the doors of elementary, middle and high schools alike. Summer flip flops give way to sneakers, beach towels bow to gym bags and camps take a back seat to campus. School can be the best place a child goes just as easily as it can be worst. With a fiery red temper, a face full of freckles and an affinity for independence, first days of school were always a memorable event. My parent’s commitment to unusual names never did me any favors. The dreaded roll call was mere torture regardless of the impressive list of degrees attached to the teacher’s name; they were almost guaranteed to butcher mine.... ...

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How bad is it REALLY, to eat junk food?

By Danette Vernon If you have ever heard someone say in regard to their temper, or weight, or the early onset of diabetes, “Well, it’s my genetics,” what you heard in that moment…was somewhat of a myth. Something that you may have learned in school, that no longer exists as pure fact. In truth, for every ill, or for every thought you have that requires a chemical reaction, and they all do, your cells do the work, not your genetics. If you are on the verge of a temper tantrum, your cells send a message throughout your body to increase your heart rate, deepen your breath, shut down stomach processes, etc. And if your body detects an infection, the same, your cells post a message to all areas of concerns, communiqués to fight, to heal. The ONLY time your cells access your genes, your internal blueprint, is when they have to replace a cell, or when they have come up with a response that they have never dealt with before.... ...

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